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RADIO JOURNALIST KILLED IN AMBUSH

A Nigerian radio journalist was killed in an ambush last week near his home in Lafia, central Nigeria, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Eiphraim Audu, a senior radio journalist with Nasarawa State Broadcasting Service, was shot by six unidentified gunmen after returning home from a state function, says CPJ. Nothing was stolen from him or his car.

A state police spokesman told the local press that the police would do everything in their power to find the people responsible, says CPJ.

Audu is the second journalist killed in unknown circumstances in Nigeria this year. On 17 August, unidentified gunmen shot Paul Abayomi Ogundeji, a board member of the private daily "ThisDay", in a Lagos suburb.

According to a report by Media Rights Agenda, Nigerian police claimed Ogundeji was killed by armed robbers, while an eyewitness claimed the journalist was killed by police.

Visit these links:
- CPJ: http://tinyurl.com/6pwqjy
- MRA on Ogundeji: http://tinyurl.com/6zvupv
(22 October 2008)